Mark 4:31
New International Version
It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth.

New Living Translation
It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds,

English Standard Version
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,

Berean Study Bible
It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds sown upon the earth.

Berean Literal Bible
As a grain of mustard, which, when it has been sown upon the earth, is smallest of all the seeds that are upon the earth,

New American Standard Bible
"It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,

King James Bible
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

Christian Standard Bible
It's like a mustard seed that, when sown upon the soil, is the smallest of all the seeds on the ground.

Contemporary English Version
It is like what happens when a mustard seed is planted in the ground. It is the smallest seed in all the world.

Good News Translation
It is like this. A man takes a mustard seed, the smallest seed in the world, and plants it in the ground.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It's like a mustard seed that, when sown in the soil, is smaller than all the seeds on the ground.

International Standard Version
It's like a mustard seed planted in the ground. Although it's the smallest of all the seeds on earth,

NET Bible
It is like a mustard seed that when sown in the ground, even though it is the smallest of all the seeds in the ground--

New Heart English Bible
It's like a mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the soil, though it is less than all the seeds that are on the soil,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It is like a grain of mustard seed, which when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the herb seeds on the earth.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's like a mustard seed planted in the ground. The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds on earth.

New American Standard 1977
It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth;

King James 2000 Bible
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

American King James Version
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

American Standard Version
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is as a grain of mustard seed: which when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth:

Darby Bible Translation
As to a grain of mustard [seed], which, when it is sown upon the earth, is less than all seeds which are upon the earth,

English Revised Version
It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown upon the earth, though it be less than all the seeds that are upon the earth,

Webster's Bible Translation
It is like a grain of mustard-seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that are in the earth.

Weymouth New Testament
It is like a mustard-seed, which, when sown in the earth, is the smallest of all the seeds in the world;

World English Bible
It's like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, though it is less than all the seeds that are on the earth,

Young's Literal Translation
As a grain of mustard, which, whenever it may be sown on the earth, is less than any of the seeds that are on the earth;
Study Bible
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
30Then He asked, “To what can we compare the kingdom of God? With what parable shall we present it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds sown upon the earth. 32But after it is planted, it grows to be larger than all garden plants and puts forth great branches, so that the birds of the air nest in its shade.”…
Cross References
Matthew 13:31
Jesus put before them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man planted in his field.

Mark 4:30
Then He asked, "To what can we compare the kingdom of God? With what parable shall we present it?

Mark 4:32
But after it is planted, it grows to be larger than all garden plants and puts forth great branches, so that the birds of the air nest in its shade."

Luke 17:6
And the Lord answered, "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.

Treasury of Scripture

It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

like.

Matthew 13:31-33
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: …

Luke 13:18,19
Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? …

mustard seed.

is less than.

Genesis 22:17,18
That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; …

Psalm 72:16-19
There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth…

Isaiah 2:2,3
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it…







Lexicon
It is like
ὡς (hōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 5613: Probably adverb of comparative from hos; which how, i.e. In that manner.

a mustard seed,
κόκκῳ (kokkō)
Noun - Dative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2848: A kernel, grain, seed. Apparently a primary word; a kernel of seed.

which
ὃς (hos)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3739: Who, which, what, that.

is
ὂν (on)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

[the] smallest
μικρότερον (mikroteron)
Adjective - Nominative Neuter Singular - Comparative
Strong's Greek 3398: Little, small. Including the comparative mikroteros apparently a primary word; small (figuratively) dignity).

of all
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

seeds
σπερμάτων (spermatōn)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 4690: From speiro; something sown, i.e. Seed; by implication, offspring; specially, a remnant.

sown
σπαρῇ (sparē)
Verb - Aorist Subjunctive Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 4687: To sow, spread, scatter. Probably strengthened from spao; to scatter, i.e. Sow.

upon
ἐπὶ (epi)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1909: On, to, against, on the basis of, at.

the
τῆς (tēs)
Article - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

earth.
γῆς (gēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1093: Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe.
(31-32) It is like a grain of mustard seed.--See Notes on Matthew 13:31-32. Slight variations in this report are (1) the "great branches," and (2) the birds lodging "under the shadow" of the tree.

4:21-34 These declarations were intended to call the attention of the disciples to the word of Christ. By his thus instructing them, they were made able to instruct others; as candles are lighted, not to be covered, but to be placed on a candlestick, that they may give light to a room. This parable of the good seed, shows the manner in which the kingdom of God makes progress in the world. Let but the word of Christ have the place it ought to have in a soul, and it will show itself in a good conversation. It grows gradually: first the blade; then the ear; after that the full corn in the ear. When it is sprung up, it will go forward. The work of grace in the soul is, at first, but the day of small things; yet it has mighty products even now, while it is in its growth; but what will there be when it is perfected in heaven!
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